Liverpool’s Luis Suaraz breaks down in tears during the game against Crystal Palace Monday.
Liverpool’s Luis Suaraz breaks down in tears during the game against Crystal Palace Monday.

OVER 30 DEAD IN EASTERN UKRAINE
Ukraine’s Interim Interior Minister Arsen Avakov announced on his Facebook page that more than 30 pro-Russian militants, labelled as “terrorists,” had been killed in the army’s offensive in Eastern Ukraine, The Guardian reports. According to officials, four Ukrainian troops were killed and at least 30 were injured in the fighting. Meanwhile, pro-Russian activists have claimed that 20 of their militants died as dozens of civilians were injured in the army’s attack on Sloviansk yesterday.

Foreign ministers from the Council of Europe have gathered in Vienna for a meeting expected to focus on the Ukrainian crisis, although Austria’s foreign minister already warned, “You cannot expect miracles from the conference because there won't be any.” Reuters also reports that the Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers met briefly at the conference.

Russia’s Defense Ministry announced that Moscow would spend almost $2.5 billion by 2020 to expand its fleet in the Black Sea and install new air defense and marine units in Crimea, RT reports. Meanwhile, the country’s deputy foreign minister said that despite the tensions with the United States over the situation in Ukraine, Russia would abide by its 2010 nuclear arms reduction treaty. Read more from Reuters.

SOCCER DRAMA, LIVERPOOL STYLE
Liverpool’s Luis Suaraz broke down in tears during the Premier League game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Monday night. After the game finished with a 3-3 draw — during which Liverpool gave up goals in quick succession — the team lost what could have been its first title in 24 years.

UN CHIEF IN SOUTH SUDAN
United Nations’ Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived in war-torn South Sudan in a new attempt to push for a ceasefire, almost five months after the beginning of a civil war that some fear is turning into genocide, AFP reports. The UN chief’s visit comes after yesterday’s failed offensive from the army to retake the rebel-held town of Bentiu, an attack John Kerry condemned.

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The Channel Tunnel — more affectionately known as the Chunnel — is now two decades old.

KNIFE ATTACK IN CHINA
At least six people were injured in a knife attack this morning just outside a railway station in the southeastern city of Guangzhou, Xinhua reports. The victims have been transported to a hospital, and their wounds are not believed to be life threatening. Police shot and caught one of the suspects. The attack comes just one week after another railway station was targeted in a blast and knife attack in the Xinjiang region. In early March, 29 people were killed in a coordinated knife attack at Kunming’s train station.

VERBATIM
“I want to tell you that it is not me that finished the Muslim Brotherhood. You, the Egyptians, are the ones who finished it,” former Egyptian army chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi said during his first interview with Egyptian TV to launch his presidential campaign.

DIVER DIES IN FERRY SEARCH
A 53-year-old diver taking part in the search operations in the sunken South Korean ferry has died after falling unconscious underwater, Yonhap reports. The search for the 39 people still missing have continued, however, with the death toll now standing at 263. In a scathing article, South Korean daily Chosun Ilbo describes how the sunken ship had been regularly overloaded, with its operator choosing to ignore passenger safety in the face of higher profits.

WORLDCRUNCH TO-GO
As Süddeutsche Zeitung’s Berit Uhlmann writes, vegan food offerings can often be deceiving. In a sampling of products tested, many had high fat and sodium content and others were not at all natural. “Vegans and vegetarians who do not banish any and all processed products from their diets cannot escape the tricks of the food industry,” the journalist writes. “When it comes to names, for example, something like ‘Bio-Plus-3’ may sound organic, but it requires reading the small print on the package to discover that it’s contents are not entirely natural. Meanwhile, a cranberry bar turns out to contain mainly almonds, date paste and only a smattering of berries.” Read the full article, It May Be Vegan, But That Doesn't Mean It's Healthy

IRAN’S ANNUAL OIL AND GAS FAIR OPENS
Iran launched its 19th International Oil, Gas, Refining and Petrochemical Exhibition in Tehran today, with 600 major foreign energy companies expected to attend and position themselves in anticipation of a possible lift of sanctions, three times more than last year, PressTV reports. Under international sanctions, the country, which is home to the third-largest oil reserves and the second-largest gas reserves, is currently limited in its export of oil to 1.2 million barrels per day. Read more from AFP.

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Why U.S. Vaccine Diplomacy In Latin America Makes "Good" Sense

Echoing its cultural diplomacy of the early 20th century, the United States is gifting vaccines to Latin America as part of a renewed "good neighbor'' policy.

Waiting to get the vaccine in Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico

Andrea Matallana

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BUENOS AIRES — Just before and during World War II, the United States' Good Neighbor policy proved a very effective strategy to improve ties with Latin America. Initiated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the policy's main goal was non-interference and non-intervention. The U.S. would instead focus on reciprocal exchanges with their southern neighbors, including through art and cultural diplomacy.

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